In the last several years, there has been the common perception that the center position in the NBA has deteriorated. This has come in hand with the progressive shift to how the modern NBA is played with smaller lineups and an emphasis on the 3-point shot. In light of that, Hassan Whiteside clearly isn’t one to the notion that the position is gone.
“I don’t know who ‘they’ are. ‘They’ don’t watch basketball if it’s not centers. I don’t have a day off at the center position,” Whiteside told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “Even (Joel) Embiid at the end of the game was talking about how we’re bringing back the centers.”
“And when you hear it from the players, they’re saying it, Embiid saying it, I don’t know who ‘they’ are,” said Whiteside. “But they must not watch basketball, because every night I’ve got Dwight (Howard), (Andre) Drummond, (DeMarcus) Cousins. I got a really good center every night. So I don’t know where these nights off are happening.”
There are plenty of talented players at the center position such as Howard, Cousins, Drummond, Embiid, and even Whiteside. Each of these players are some of the best big men in the league that have multiple All-Star game appearances to their name. These players are even the face of their respective franchises.
However, where this notion lies is with that there are no more back-to-basket type of centers in the league. There has been a huge shift to shooting from the outside rather than scoring solely from the paint from this generation of big men. With players such as Embiid and Whiteside leading the charge, this belief could progressively dissipate.